Bygones: Duluth printers go on strike

Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian from the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at


April 29, 1921

  • The firing of two ex-servicemen from the Chisholm Fire Department and hiring of replacements without service in the World War was condemned last night by the Chisholm American Legion. The Legion contends that political differences were the only reason for the firings.
  • About 180 Duluth printers, pressmen, and bindery workers will be affected by the strike of the printers' union, which goes into effect tomorrow night. The main issue is the refusal of employers to accede to the union's demand for a 44-hour work week.
  • More than 500 members of the David Wisted Post of the American Legion gathered at Duluth's Spalding Hotel last evening. Duluth Mayor S.F. Snively addressed the group, praising the servicemen for their stand on clean government and urging them to continue.
  • The city of Duluth Water and Light Department has begun to move its equipment into the new utilities building at 414-416 W. 1st St. It is expected to take more than a week before the operation has shifted to the new building.
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